Sydney is a world-famous city offering mouth-watering cuisine, exciting blends of culture, and scenic views. Expats will never be bored in a city that always seems to have something going on, with a number of unmissable festivals happening every year. Below are some recommended events in Sydney.


Annual events in Sydney

Sydney Festival (January)

One of the most exciting and varied events in the city, the Sydney Festival includes everything from cabaret and circus acts to opera and theatre. The festival attracts performers from all over the globe and festivalgoers are sure to experience something truly unique and enjoyable.

Chinese New Year (January/February)

Sydney's celebration of the Chinese New Year is one of the largest outside of Asia, with over a million attendees each year. There are many ways to get involved in Sydney, especially around the China Town area – dragonboat racing, pop-up food markets, lantern workshops and tea ceremonies, to name just a few.

Vivid Sydney (May/June)

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas, colouring the city with creativity and inspiration. Hugely popular are the light installations, where the highlight each year revolves around the installations projected onto the sails of the iconic Opera House and other notable buildings and landmarks around the city.

City2Surf (August)

The annual City2Surf is a large marathon with more than 80,000 people participating. Prompting the closure of many city streets, the run starts in the city centre and ends at the iconic Bondi Beach. Participants often dress up in novelty costumes and the route is dotted with bands providing entertainment with their music.

Carols in the Domain (December)

This is one of Australia’s most beloved Christmas celebrations and a great place to bring the family to get into the Christmas spirit. The Domain, in the heart of Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, comes to life as thousands of people join together to sing along to their favourite Christmas carols. There are often also national and international performers featured, and as an added bonus, this free event is light on the wallet, too.

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